Coffee has gotten a ‘bad rap’ in the past, it has been tagged with increasing your risk of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and heartburn. But recent research indicates that coffee may not be so bad after all. Coffee can prevent diseases, in’t that the opposite of what other research preaches? So which is it —he good News— good or bad? The best answer may be that for most of us— the benefits outweigh the risks.
The Good News—Recent studies have found no connection between coffee and an increased risk of cancer or heart disease; actually, they some have found it will reduce your risk [1, 2]. This doesn’t mean to go out and drink 3 pots of coffee, everything in moderation is key. However, maybe now you can justify your few cups of coffee a day.
Why the all of a sudden reversal in the findings about coffee? Previous studies may not have always considered other known high-risk behaviors, such as smoking and lack of physical activity, drinking alcohol, etc were also habits of heavy coffee drinkers at that time.
Did you know that people can get more antioxidants from coffee than from fruits and vegetables?
Coffee can fight off free radicals and disease causing agents? Well, since it has antioxidants, yes it seems so.
Coffee is more than just a nice hot drink on a cold winter afternoon. Many of the nutrients in the raw coffee beans make it into your cup of coffee such as:
An 8oz cup of coffee contains:
Caffeine is a huge energy booster. It adds that extra “pep in your step”and can give you the energy you may need to push yourself even harder during your workout and boost your overall athletic performance.
Just drink a cup of black coffee about a half hour prior to your workout for maximum benefits.
Downing black coffee 30 minutes or more before an exercise helps burn fat by pulling energy from your fat cells as opposed to your glycogen stores. That being said it also raises your metabolism which means you burn more calories.
Sounds like a win-win to me!
Have you ever wondered when you drink coffee your not hungry? There is a reason for that, coffee is an appetite suppressant which is good and bad depending on your goals. If you are looking to lose weight and have a hard time reducing the amount of food you currently consume, coffee may be a great tool for you. Also, if you are preparing for a show and are getting lean or are very close to a show and have lower amounts of energy, coffee is very helpful to keep energy levels up and suppress your probably insatiable appetite.
Coffee and caffeine are very helpful for burning fat, increasing your metabolism, fighting off free radicals, suppressing appetite and actually contain essential minerals. So enjoy yourself a fresh cup or two of coffee today!
You can get started on a meal plan today if you are interested in learning how to properly incorporate coffee into your diet.